Anukul is set in a time when anthropomorphized robots are the present. Watch what future (maybe) has in store for us humans
Sujoy Ghosh's new short film Anukul, based on a story written by Satyajit Ray in 1976, is half touching and half creepy. The film is set in an undefined time in the future where anthropomorphized robots are the present. The robots are taking up jobs from human beings and the world seems to be divided between those who support the new technology and those who don't. Nikunj Chaturvedi (played by Saurabh Shukla), a school teacher, supports the advanced technology and employs Anukul (Parambrata Chatterjee) as a house help. Nikunj's cousin Ratan (Kharaj Mukherjee), who lost his job to a robot, is against his brother's new employee and attacks him at the first opportunity. Nikunj, who helps Anukul understand the Bhagwat Gita, respects Anukul for helping him out with the daily chores even after he too loses his teaching job to a robot. In an unfortunate (or so it seems) Ratan dies after Anukul gives him an electric shock.
Sujoy Ghosh also directed 2015 short film Ahalya, starring Radhika Apte, which received a tumultuous response from the viewers. Sujoy Ghosh recently told news agency IANS that the 'digital platform is the future of cinema.' He said: "I do not think the moviegoers would completely shift to the digital platform, but they are becoming increasingly fond of the platform as it is more empowering. In the digital format, the audience has the freedom to pick and choose when and how he or she would like to watch the film."